First MLA announces retirement ahead of 2023 Alberta Election

Photo from Richard Feehan MLA Facebook Page

Alberta NDP MLA for Edmonton Rutherford Richard Feehan has announced that he will not be seeking re-election after two terms in office.

Feehan ad the announcement via a social media post saying, "I have been privileged to represent the constituency of Edmonton-Rutherford since May 5, 2015 and it has been a wonderful experience. The support I have received from the people of Edmonton-Rutherford has been tremendous and I have developed many new and lasting friendships. I am grateful to all the volunteers that have put in so much of their time and resources to enable me to be successful in twice winning elections."

In 2015, Feehan beat the Progressive Conservative candidate Chris Labossiere by 40 percent. He went on to win re-election in 2019 with 54 percent of the total vote.

Feehan was appointed Minister of Indigenous Relations in February of 2016. He took over the role from MLA Kathleen Ganley who was also serving as Alberta's Attorney General at the time.